Police in Costa Rica seized more than five tonnes of cocaine bound for the Dutch port of Rotterdam in the country’s largest ever drugs bust, officials said. Authorities on Saturday found the cocaine in Costa Rica’s Caribbean port of Limon, stashed inside a shipping container of decorative canopy plants bound for the Netherlands. The drugs had an estimated street value of about 126 million euros in Holland, Costa Rica’s security minister Michael Soto said.
A 15-year-old Disney star has died from a brain tumor, her secondary school has said. Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who starred in the 2016 film Queen Of Katwe, passed away on Saturday at a hospital near the Ugandan capital, Kampala. She had been in and out of hospital and had previously received treatment, including surgery, in India, according to local media reports.
American passengers quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan began evacuating the vessel Sunday to be flown back to the United States. The U.S. government had chartered flights that will depart Yokohama, where the ship is docked. Japanese officials said the quarantine aboard the ship is supposed to end on Feb. 19. The embassy added that no symptomatic or infected passengers will be allowed to board the chartered flights.
At least 24 people were killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a church in northern Burkina Faso, officials said on Monday, in the latest assault against places of worship in the West African nation. The attack took place on Sunday during a weekly service at a Protestant church in the village of Pansi in Yagha, a volatile province near the border with Niger.
A French ski resort has used helicopters to deliver snow after mild weather dried out its slopes, threatening it with closure. The Luchon-Superbagnères resort in the Pyrenees arranged for around 50 tonnes of snow to be dropped on its slopes. Taken from higher mountains, the snow was dumped on slopes for beginners and children on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures have risen above 10C across the Pyrenees this week, leaving ski slopes devoid of snow.